STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WYTV) – The State College Spikes would take advantage of two errors on their way to a 4-1 win over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Saturday night in State College.
Mahoning Valley starter Micah Miniard would be the tough luck loser despite not giving up a single earned run in the game.
State College got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out, Vince Jackson tripled. A two out walk to Jeremy Martinez would put runners at the corners. A throwing error on a potential inning ending force out at second base would allow Jackson to score for a 1-0 State College lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning the Spikes would add two more. With one out Anthony Ray reached base on a fielding error by Emmanuel Tapia. Tommy Edman would follow by reaching on a controversial hit by pitch call which would lead to the ejection of Scrappers manager Edwin Rodriguez. Then with two outs and two on, Jackson would again triple to clear the bases and push the State College lead to 3-0.
The Spikes would get their final run in the sixth inning. With one out Ricardo Bautista singled and moved to third on a single by Elier Rodriguez. Bautista would come home on a sacrifice fly by Danny Hudzina for a 4-0 Spikes lead.
The Scrappers would get on the board in the ninth. Gabriel Mejia started the inning with a single, his third hit of the game. Luke Wakamatsu followed with a single to push Meja to third. A Logan Ice walk would load the bases and allow the tying run to come to the plate. Tapia would foul out before Erlin Cerda drove in Mejia with an RBI sacrifice fly. Michael Tinsley then grounded out to end the game.
Miniard (0-2) was the tough luck loser in 5.0 innings of work. He allowed four hits and three runs, none of the runs were earned. Miniard walked one and struck out four. Ryan Colegate would then go 1.0 inning in relief. He allowed an earned run on two hits. Colegate struck out one. Ryan Perez and Randy Valladares would combine for two shutout innings of relief as well.
With the loss the Scrappers have now lost all six series they have played to start the season.
The Scrappers (3-13) and Spikes (12-4) will finish off the three game series on Sunday night at 6:05pm. The Scrappers will send Triston McKenzie to the mound. The Scrappers will return home for the Fourth of July with a special Independence Day fireworks show to follow the game. Call the Scrappers box office at 330-505-0000 to get your tickets.
COURTESY: MAHONING VALLEY SCRAPPERS